Tag: Public Works
Since its incorporation in 2001, Centennial, Colorado aimed to be a small government, partnering with other agencies and the private sector for most its services. Working as an extension of the city, CH2M provides public works services to more than … Continue reading
The Southern California Chapter of the American Public Works Association will be hosting the 14th Annual APWA GIS Conference on September 20, 2012. The Conference will be held at the Cypress Community Center in Cypress, CA. Continue reading
Last week, we released version 1.0 of Snow Common Operational Picture (SnowCOP). SnowCOP is an ArcGIS Server and ArcGIS Viewer for Flex application that can be used by public works, road commission, or department of transportation staff to monitor snow event responses and determine which streets (or areas within a local government) aren’t getting enough attention. It is an interactive web application that allows managers and district operations leaders to correlate citizen complaints, snowplow assignments, current vehicle locations, and planned response activities to maximize the deployment of resources when responding to the event.
Esri is committed to developing a community of partners that are actively implementing and extending ArcGIS for Local Government. To do so, Esri created an ArcGIS for Local Government Partner Specialty, within the Esri Partner Network, to make collaboration with partners repeatable and successful. The specialty is designed for partners focused on the local government marketplace that want to work more closely with Esri on the development and deployment of ArcGIS for Local Government.
Partners in the ArcGIS for Local Government Partner Specialty provide one or both of the following:
- Complementary applications that are based on the ArcGIS for Local Government solution
- ArcGIS for Local Government implementation services
Recently, several Esri partners have applied to be part of the Partner Specialty, and we are pleased to announce that we now have a growing network of partners that can assist Esri users to install, configure, and extend ArcGIS for Local Government. In the coming days, you’ll see these approved partners highlighted on the new ArcGIS for Local Government resource center.
As the year winds down, we wanted to take a minute to thank everyone for the participation and feedback this year. It’s been really exciting to see the user community embrace the maps and apps on the ArcGIS for Local Government resource center and provide feedback that will ultimately make these ArcGIS maps and apps better for everyone using them. The team really enjoys the ongoing dialog with our local government users and looks forward to working with each and every one of you in the near future.
In 2012, we’re excited to incorporate the functionality emerging in ArcGIS 10.1 and ArcGIS Online, along with what we learned in 2011 from you, into the ArcGIS for Local Government solution. And we’ve got some plans we’d like to share with you for 2012 that we hope will make your adoption and use of ArcGIS simpler and more successful.
This week, we released version 1.0 of the Address Data Management Template. This template is an ArcMap editing map, editor extension, and set of editing workflows for managing road centerlines with address ranges, facilities, site addresses, and related mailing address data. It is an editor that can be used by mapping technicians in planning, public safety or land records organizations to streamline the collection, maintenance and use of authoritative address information.
When you download the template, you’ll find it includes:
- A multi-scale ArcMap document designed for editing
- Two Add-ins and set of constructions tools that are added to your ArcInfo or ArcEditor installation
- The Local Government geodatabase with sample data from the City of Naperville, Illinois
The Address Management Add-in and address construction tools contain a series of custom editing tools that improve the editing experience for ArcGIS users working with roads and address information. For example, there are tools that:
- Add new road segments and allocate existing address ranges to the new segments
- Flip road segments to the direction of the line and address ranges are in sync
- Add new site address points and compute the proposed address from the location along the road centerline
In addition to the tools, the Address Data Management template also includes an editor extension called the Attribute Assistant. This extension uses a series of pre-defined methods to automatically populate attributes for you when updating and/or adding new features to the geodatabase. For example, one method will populate the full road name on each road centerline and site address feature from a valid list of road names contained in a master street name table. Other methods will help you maintain the integrity of your address data by populating a unique identifier, last editor and last update date on each feature.
The template is a great place to start if you’re looking to modernize your address data management workflows and improve the quality of address information in your organization. It provides a configuration of ArcGIS 10 that will:
- Allow you to manage road centerlines with address ranges, and site address points for public safety, utility, permitting and other service delivery needs
- Associate one or more related postal addresses to a given site address
- Implement a master street name inventory that increases the quality of your address information
- Deploy efficient data management workflows
- Help you implement several national address standards (NENA, USPS, etc.) that promote system integration and data sharing
The editing workflows help you improve the quality of your address information
To support the Address Data Management Template, we’ve also released an update to the ArcGIS for Local Government Information Model. This simple, harmonized local government information model supports the maps and apps shared on the ArcGIS for Local Government Resource Center. It reflects specific application requirements and the cartographic requirements necessary to produce rich, multi-scale base maps and operational layers. You can download the Local Government Information Model from ArcGIS.com and migrate your content into this geodatabase design. When you do, you can quickly take advantage of the maps and apps published on the ArcGIS for Local Government Resource Center.
The latest release of the information model adds support for the address workflows contained in Address Data Management Template. In addition, it incorporates address standards from NENA (National Emergency Number Association) and the USPS (United States Postal Service). We’ve taken these standards and implemented them where appropriate in the Local Government Information model and provided local government users with a set of streamlined workflows to maintain authoritative address information for their community. The physical implementation of these standards supports a wide variety of system integration opportunities and is a foundation for state and national data sharing initiatives.
Our goal is to provide local governments with a set of ArcGIS tools and workflows that simplify address management and improve the overall quality of their authoritative data. Later this winter we’ll add a complimentary web application that can be used to enlist feedback from your citizens on the quality of your address data. This simple web application will allow citizens to add missing site address information. Once added, the local government can then review the new address locations and decide whether they would like to incorporate them in to their master address inventory. In addition, this application could be used to enhance the data sources used by a Reverse 911 or other citizen engagement application in your community.
So that is a quick overview of Esri’s Address Data Management Template at ArcGIS 10. If you’d like to see the address workflows in action, you can watch a short video we’ve posted on the Resource Center. In the future, we’ll share blog posts on other Address Maps and Apps you can find on the ArcGIS for Local Government Resource Center. As always, feel free to contact us if you have any questions when you begin to leverage the new address data management workflows in ArcGIS 10.
When the ArcGIS for Local Government program began nearly three years ago with a set of maps and apps for water utilities, the user base was relatively small and the processes for receiving technical assistance with the maps and apps were still being formulated. Users with questions regarding the maps and apps typically contacted members of the local government, water utilities, land records or public safety teams themselves, either directly or through the email alias. Team members did their best to address questions from users but with more than 50 maps and apps on the Resource Center today, and almost 50,000 downloads to date, it is difficult to meet everyone’s needs.
Today, ArcGIS for Local Government requires a support solution that can keep pace with our growing user community and deliver the assistance they need. That solution is Esri Support.
Starting today, Esri Support should be the first place ArcGIS for Local Government users in the U.S. go with questions or technical problems related to the maps and apps provided on the Resource Center. From the Esri Support page you can access all of our online support resources like the help, knowledge base, forums, and blogs. In addition, users on software maintenance are able to contact Support by phone, email and even chat. Once Support is contacted, a qualified Analyst will log an incident into our support system and assist the user in troubleshooting the issue until it is resolved. Examples of possible support incidents range from problems with publishing map service, to registering an ArcGIS Add-in, or best practices for loading data in to the Local Government Information Model.
By including Esri Support as the primary contact for ArcGIS for Local Government issues, we gain several benefits, including:
- Greater accessibility – With Support Centers available from 5 am to 5 pm Pacific and a variety of ways to contact them, ArcGIS for Local Government users can now get their questions answered sooner and in a way that is most convenient for them.
- Better transparency – Any incidents logged through Support can be tracked through the My Support, as well as the Customer Care Portal, providing the user with the latest information on the progress being made to resolve the incident.
- Bug tracking – If a user discovers a bug (such as an error in one of the apps or problem with one of the maps) they can log it with Support and keep track of it as it is resolved.
- Better self-help resources – With incidents and bugs on ArcGIS for Local Government maps and apps now being logged into our Support system, users can choose to search our Support resources themselves, often finding the answers they need without contacting a Support Analyst.
- Consistency – Now, when ArcGIS for Local Government team members have questions about technical aspects of the program, they can seek help from the same place they go for their other ArcGIS questions – Esri Support.
These advantages, as well as others, make Esri Support a valuable partner for the ArcGIS for Local Government team. Of course we hope that your experience with the maps and apps is smooth and problem free. But if trouble does occur, it’s nice to know that Esri Support will be able to help you out.
We think our water utilities, public safety, land records, elections, planning, and public works users will find this support model very exciting. So, don’t hesitate to take advantage of all our available online support resources or to contact Esri Technical Support with your technical questions. As always continue to contact us directly if you’d like to learn more about ArcGIS for Local Government and the maps and apps contained in each module.
Recently, we added the Campus Editing and Campus
Basemap templates to the ArcGIS
for Local Government Gallery and a new ArcGIS for Facilities Group on
These Campus maps can be used to capture interior and/or
exterior assets on a university or business campus. They can also be used by government agencies
to capture these same assets in a downtown, or on a government complex or
military base. These interior and
exterior assets are the foundation for a variety of desktop, mobile and web
mapping applications deployed to support facilities management, education,
public works, planning, and military business needs.
The Campus Editing template is an ArcMap editing map,
editor extension, and set of editing workflows for managing building, interior
space and related exterior campus data. It is an editor that can be
used by mapping technicians in a college university, private corporation, or
public works agency to streamline the collection, maintenance and use of asset
The Campus Basemap template is an ArcGIS Map
Document that can be used to create a high-resolution, multi-scale (~1:9k to
1:141) basemap for a university, or business campus. As we mentioned earlier, this basemap can also be used
by government agencies to produce a high-resolution basemap for a downtown,
government complex, or military base.
Stay tuned for future maps and apps that will leverage this
The first application we’ll release is called the Campus
Place Finder. This application will work in concert with the basemap and
editing templates. Leveraging the new building interior features
incorporated in thee Local Government Information Model FacilitiesStreets
feature dataset, users will be able to search by occupant name or interior
space (e.g., office number) to locate people or places of interest within
When you’re ready to start using the Campus
Editing map with your data, start by downloading the Local Government
Information Model schema-only layer package. It can be used to create the empty
geodatabase you’ll need to migrate your facilities data and publish these
New release of Local Government Information Model supports upcoming Address and Facilities Maps and Apps
ArcGIS for Local Government provides a simple, harmonized local government information model that supports a series of maps and apps used by local governments. The information model reflects specific application requirements and the cartographic requirements necessary to produce rich, multi-scale base maps and operational layers. You can download the information model from ArcGIS.com and migrate your content into this geodatabase design. When you do, you can quickly take advantage of the maps and apps published on the ArcGIS for Local Government Resource Center.
The Local Government Information Model in ArcCatalog
This release of the local government information model includes a series of major updates.
The Address feature dataset was updated to support the active management of site addresses. The SiteAddress feature class was retired and three new feature classes were added to the local government information model. This update supports a series of Address Editing apps currently under development. The new feature classes and a PostalAddress table in the local government information model are a physical implementation of the FGDC United States Thoroughfare, Landmark, and Postal Address Data Standard and were adapted to support site address maintenance in local government.
The FacilitiesStreets feature dataset was updated to support the active management of facilities and campuses.This update supports a series of Facility/Campus management apps currently under development. For many who have already begun to use the features in this dataset, you’ll find we’ve done some pretty extensive work on the data model for features like, signs, streetlights, and signals. In addition, we’ve incorporated portions of the Building Interior Space Data Model (BISDM) to support building/interior space management and extended it to support exterior features found on government grounds, parks, and even campuses. Much of this work will also support Public Works apps that require information about paved areas, pavement markings, poles, signs, signals, etc.
This update to the information model also supports a new campus basemap we will release later this summer. When you begin to use this information model, you will be able to produce a great basemap for your government facilities, downtowns, and campuses.
The new campus basemap with sample data from the Esri Campus
This release of the local government information model also includes a series of more minor updates.
The Parcel Fabric, contained in the ParcelEditing feature dataset now supports the active management of PLSS Sixteenth Sections. A new parcel type was added to the ParcelType domain to accommodate this requirement.
The ParkRecInfo table was added to the local government information model to support the Parks and Recreation Finder application currently under development.
The ServiceRequest feature class in the CitizenService feature dataset now supports the creation of service requests within buildings. The building floor and interior space attributes were added to the feature class to support Facilities Management applications currently under development.
There are a few known issues we’re working to resolve in future releases.
Your imagery and surface models must be added to this schema manually.
Layer Packages (LPKs) do not currently support standalone tables in the geodatabase. After you’ve created your schema, please copy the ten stand alone geodatabase tables from the sample dataset in a recent application download. Refer to the Data Dictionary for a complete list of the standalone tables you’ll need to complete the Local Government Information Model.
If you are using ArcGIS Desktop SP1, the ParcelType domain will have to be applied to the Type field in the Parcel fabric class manually after you create your schema.
We continue to evolve the local government information model as we add new maps and apps to the ArcGIS for Local Government system. Your feedback is vital. So don’t hesitate to let us know what you think about the information model and what maps and apps will help you in your local government.
We’ve got some exciting things coming this summer and early fall so keep a close eye on the Local Government Blog or follow us on Twitter if you’d like to learn more about how ArcGIS for Local Government can help you effectively deploy GIS.